Carolina Panthers add Nick Hixson to practice squad

Streeter Lecka

Do you like deep cuts? Then you'll like Nick Hixson.

The Carolina Panthers signed cornerback Nick Hixson to the practice squad, replacing Frank Kearse who was added to the 53-man roster in the wake of Ron Edwards being put on season-ending injured reserve.

Hixson, 23-years old, is technically listed as a cornerback, but really he fits the mold of ubiquitous 'defensive back' after spending time at cornerback, and both safety positions for the New Orleans Saints. Used solely on special teams, the 6-0, 189-pound undrafted free agent didn't find a long-term spot on the roster.

He hails from tiny Hillsdale College, a Division II school in Michigan, with a student body of just over 1,400. In his three years as a starter, Hixson was named All-GLIAC two times (that's all Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference, in case you were wondering). Hixson is also an incredibly smart guy, earning a major in biochemistry.

During his final season at Hillsdale, he totaled 36 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defended -- while also catching 25 passes for 389 yards, and returning 27 kicks for 559 yards. He does a little bit of everything, and that's a nice luxury to have in a practice squad player.

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